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Governance in Victorian Arts Organisations

In 2007-08, researchers from Deakin University undertook a study of the governance of small-to-medium arts organisations on behalf of Arts Victoria. The study focussed on the characteristics, procedures and practices of arts boards.

The study was based on:

  • an online survey of non-government arts organisations across Victoria; and
  • in-depth case studies of 8 selected organisations.

The main findings of the study included:

  • arts boards are generally functioning well;
  • the motivation for joining the board is largely to make a contribution to a particular organisation and/or to give something to the community;
  • artistic knowledge and expertise is predominant in board membership;
  • board members spend more time on current issues and operational matters, than on strategic planning;
  • boards that have an orientation program and a formal evaluation program are more likely to demonstrate improved board performance
  • boards investigated were undergoing considerable change, with a "new generation" of arts leaders.

A report of the study, by Ruth Rentschler and Jennifer Radbourne, was published in April 2008.

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